The Key Stage 3 curriculum at Kingdown School is designed to be stimulating, exciting, challenging and inclusive to the needs of all learners. We believe very strongly in an ‘entitlement curriculum’ across Years 7 and 8, which means that all students will experience the full diversity of our curriculum in the early years of secondary school.
Across Years 7 and 8, the overriding aim is to equip learners with the key skills to be successful – both later in school, and then for later life.
We therefore have a key focus on:
The curriculum in Years 7 and 8 offers the following subjects:
By the end of Year 8, students are offered a number of options for their Year 9 curriculum. This process has two aims:
Students are able to make choices in the Creative Arts, Design, and the Humanities.
Students who change their mind as they move through Year 9 will be supported to transfer their options to a more appropriate choice. We are all allowed to make mistakes!
In mid-Year 9, students begin the curriculum choices process for GCSE. This allows students to select up to four subjects to study to GCSE level, from a choice of around 20 subjects. Further details can be found on the website ‘Year 9 Options’ page.
We are very proud of the assessment system we have developed at Kingdown. It is based on the principle of ‘Trajectories’; assessments link together to provide forward-estimates of potential GCSE performance. The grades are referred to as T-grades – you will hear your son or daughter referring to these grades on a regular basis.
Assessments may include in-class tests, formal tasks or homework activities. We also hold a formal Exam Week for each year group, which takes place early in Term 6. Most subjects use the outcome of the end of year assessment to form their final in-year trajectory grade; this is then used to inform setting arrangements for the beginning of the following year.
If you have any questions about Key Stage 3, please contact: